02/26/2013 5:35 PM ET
Powerful Lutz impresses early in spring
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
PEORIA, Ariz. -- As Reds manager Dusty Baker has been conservative with playing his regulars in the early going of Spring Training, more opportunities have come for younger players. One of those prospects making the most of his time has been left fielder Donald Lutz.
A 24-year-old who hails from Germany, Lutz is 2-for-5 through four games. During Tuesday's game against the Padres, the lefty slugger lined a hard single into right field in the second inning off right-hander Anthony Bass.
"I like big Lutz. He's very talented," Baker said. "He's very raw, but he's getting refined in a hurry. He hasn't played as much ball as the other guys. He's coming fast. I like what I see. I like his speed for a big man. He works hard in the outfield during batting practice. We're teaching him how to throw correctly."
Lutz hit .256 with 22 home runs and 66 RBIs in 103 games between Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola last season. He also played games this offseason in the Arizona Fall League and in Australia.
Originally a first baseman, Lutz has been working mainly in left field since Joey Votto is firmly entrenched at first base.
Reds use caution with Frazier's healing calf
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Reds aren't taking the slightest of chances of players with even minor injuries this early in Spring Training. Third baseman Todd Frazier has not played since Saturday, when he strained his left calf sliding into third base against the Indians.
"We're just being precautious about it, nothing serious," Frazier said Tuesday. "I could play, but they said I'm going to take a couple of days off just to heal it up."
Frazier is 2-for-4 with one RBI in two games this spring. He returned to taking batting practice during Tuesday's workout.
"Everything is good. We're just taking it slow," Frazier said. "I'd like to get out there, but we got at least a month. I will get the at-bats."
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, who was scratched before Monday's game against the Brewers with a sore right heel, did not play again on Tuesday against the Padres.
"He said he could play tomorrow, but he's not going to," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Baker likes Hannahan at corner spots for now
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Through his first four games of spring, Jack Hannahan has been used either at third base or first base. Most of his experience in the Majors has been at the corner infield spots, but he has limited experience at shortstop and second base.
Reds manager Dusty Baker was asked if Hannahan might see time at second base. Baker already has several middle infielders vying for roster spots, including Jason Donald, Cesar Izturis and Emmanuel Burriss.
"Right now, it's so early. I've got to see those guys first," Baker said. "When we get later in spring, I might see him. For now, it's first and third, like I told him. We have to see them at their position before I start experimenting. We have 32 games to go."
Hannahan, who turns 33 on March 4, was signed as a free agent to a two-year, $4 million contract in December.
• Reds third baseman Todd Frazier designated the Baseball United Foundation's "Grand Slam for Sandy" fundraising effort as the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, it was announced Tuesday. Frazier, a resident of Toms River, N.J., who has donated time to fellow residents of his state with hurricane relief, received $20,000 in November for winning the Players Choice Award for most outstanding rookie.